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Sunday, October 11, 2015 – A Message from the Parish Office

Church Office

Exciting changes are happening at
Saint Katharine Drexel!

First and foremost, Saint Katharine Drexel has its own app! MyParish App allows parishioners to stay up-to-date with parish news, information and contacts. The App opens up a line of communication, giving you, the parishioner, the ability to help build a stronger Parish community. Along with calendar announcements (which can be sent directly to your phone), the App contains faith-building resources and features such as daily Mass readings, Confession and prayer time reminders, access to the latest bulletin and more. To get the App, visit or search for MyParish on the Apple App store or Google Play.

Second, Saint Katharine Drexel is now on Facebook. We are expanding our web presence to bring the community greater access to the activities happening at the Parish. Our Facebook page, which can be found at , is updated weekly with important events occurring not only at Saint Katharine Drexel but in the Diocese of Harrisburg (and beyond). Make sure to Like the page and share it with your circle of friends.

Third, our bulletin is the main source of communication between the Parish and the parishioners. It is important that the information printed each week is up-to-date, accurate, and meaningful to the parishioners of the parish. Our bulletin focuses primarily on activities occurring here at the parish, at our local schools, and the Cumberland Perry deanery. All announcements should be in to the parish office no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday to make the next week’s publication. Please indicate how long you would like the article to run (ex. Next two Sundays prior to the event). Space is limited. The articles will run on a first come, first serve basis at the discretion of the pastor. Please send all articles to Catherine at

Last, let us not forget our parish website. The site is updated weekly showcasing many of the events at our parish and the ability to register for those events online. Our website is an excellent portal for all of the activities, programs, and special information regarding Saint Katharine Drexel. Feel free to direct others to our site so that they may see our wonderful and unique Parish.

Our Parish is growing in faith and love every day. Help us proclaim the Good News across all social mediums, proving we really are an Amazing Parish!

Catherine Tyson-Osif
Webmaster/Office Secretary



In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.


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Upcoming Events

October 13, 2015
Scripture Study/Faith Sharing
Starts: 9:30 am
Location: Library
Book Group
Starts: 6:30 pm
Location: Msgr Smith CC
Prayer and Life Workshop
Starts: 7:00 pm
Location: Library
October 14, 2015
Legion of Mary
Starts: 10:00 am
Location: Library
Religious Education Session III
Starts: 6:00 pm
October 15, 2015
Adult Faith Enrichment
Starts: 9:30 am
Location: Library
Liturgy Committee Mtg.
Starts: 11:00 am
Location: Parish Office Conference Room
Scripture Study/Faith Sharing
Starts: 6:30 pm
Location: Library
Choir Practice
Starts: 7:00 pm
Location: Choir Loft
October 17, 2015
That Man Is You
Starts: 6:30 am
Location: Msgr Smith CC
Prayer and Care Wrap-Up Mtg
Starts: 9:00 am
Location: Msgr Smith CC

 Prayer of Pope Francis for the Synod on the Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God's plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.

Saint Katharine Drexel
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